The "King" was sensational once again for Cleveland on Sunday (Monday in Manila), as he logged a near triple-double in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Celtics.
Said James, who could be playing his final game in his second stint with the Cavaliers: "Just go out and trust what you've built on all year". When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and right to Green. In Boston's Game 6 loss on Friday, Tatum had only 15 points, and didn't attempt a free-throw. The Heat needed that one to stay alive in the conference finals in 2012, which they won and then took Game 7.
Joke's on him. Or us.
"For the most part I thought we were pretty good at that", Stevens said. This is also Cleveland's fourth Eastern Conference title and NBA Finals appearance on the trot. "The great quote from the great Doc Rivers is, 'You always want to go into the Game 7 with the best player, ' and we have the best player on our team going into a Game 7".
"FIrst of all, I think we talked about being very appreciative of getting the chance to be around each other all year", Stevens said. The fact that Kevin Love suffered a concussion in Game 6 and therefore was held out of Game 7 made the situation even more concerning. Now the two were sharing the same stage, and James recognized something that has Celtics fans dying for the start of training camp.
James' teammates were feeling vindication Sunday night - they played their parts and helped gut out the win they needed to get back to the Finals. "There's not many like you, I tell you". Bringing his team back from 3-1 to beat the Warriors in 2016 certainly has an argument, but you can't deny that what LeBron has done this postseason, at the age of 33 and playing the minutes that he has, is truly remarkable.
When the game slogged to a near-halt during the final 2:45 of the game, it was James who posted six straight points to turn a tight, four-point lead to an impossible-to-overcome 10 points.
"I haven't even really kind of processed it", James said.
James is the greatest American sports story of our generation, and he's the best player the National Basketball Association has ever seen. "I'll say it again; he'll never have a greater achievement". Seeing as how Jordan went a ideal 6/6 in the Finals, albeit with help from all-time talents and Hall of Famers like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, it's easy to see why debates in favor of Jordan will forever have an edge. For the rest of the league, including James, that's a nightmare.